His campaign started out as a sly joke, but gained traction as the self-described “outsider” promised a change to the corruption in Haiti. His former rival for the presidency, Wyclef Jean, became one of his staunchest supporters after Jean was ruled ineligible to run in the election.
Whether he lives up to his promises of fighting corruption remains to be seen. As the Post’s William Booth reports, Martelly has had financial trouble of his own, defaulting on three homes in Southern Florida. But what is certain, Haitian presidential rallies will put any Bill Clinton sax-playing, Mike Huckabee guitar-playing or John Ashcroft singing to shame.